Star Wars Episode VI.I: Anti-development Strikes Back

When Luke Skywalker crash-landed on Yoda’s swampy planet, Luke turned to R2D2 and said, “If you’re saying that coming here was a bad idea, I’m starting to agree with you.” George Lucas may be starting to feel the same regret about the location … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 5, 2014

Property Rights — The Public Trust Doctrine like The Blob? PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Kramer v. City of Lake Oswego—a case in which two public access activists argue that the “public … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — November 7, 2014

Property Rights — Coastal Land Rights Victory We received a mixed, but largely favorable opinion from the federal trial court in Sansotta v. Town of Nag’s Head. This is the case where the town refused to allow beachfront homeowners to … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 26, 2014

Property Rights — Suction Dredge Ban Undermined The California Court of Appeal has issued a decision that seriously undermines California’s ban on suction dredge mining. Adopting the argument of our amicus brief, the Court held that a state ban forbidding … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 5, 2014

Water rights and the public trust doctrine going underground We filed this amicus letter brief in Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board asking the California Supreme Court to review a disturbing opinion from the Court of Appeal. Historically, the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 18, 2014

Equality Under the Law Project — Implicit Bias Victory The Iowa Supreme Court today issued this unanimous opinion in Pippen v. State of Iowa, tossing out an “implicit bias” discrimination lawsuit against the State of Iowa. Under the theory of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 6, 2014

Environment — No trust in the air The D.C. Circuit issued this short unpublished per curiam decision in Alec L. v EPA, beating back a strange attempt to assert a “public trust” in the air.  This case seems to have been brought more … Continue reading